Varanasi: Rajya Sabha member and former SP leader on Wednesday donated his sprawling bungalow at his native place Tarwa to Rashtriya Seva Bharati, a social, educational and cultural outfit associated with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).
The property papers were signed at the Lalganj tehsil registry office. According to sub-registrar Sunil Kumar, the value of the property is about Rs. 2.91 crore for which stamp papers worth of Rs. 14.59 lakh were required. The property comprises of houses and land in Tarwa market and Sultanpur village in Azamgarh district.
“I would like to thank Seva Bharati and RSS for accepting this small donation,” he told reporters on the occasion. “Being a selfish son I wish that my father’s name remains attached with this organisation,” he said adding that since he does not live here, the building was unoccupied and now it would be used by the Seva Bharati. Seva Bharati will run a school and other social activities in this three-storey building on two bigha land in Tarwa market. It will be named after Singh’s father Thakur Harishchandra Singh.
“The Samajwadis, who are criticising this decision, have perhaps forgotten the history of predecessors. Akhilesh (SP president and former CM) has neither read literature nor tries to know the history of his party,” said Singh adding that only making Lohia park is not enough to know the great socialist leader Ram Manohar Lohia. “It was Lohia, who organised Ramayan Mela which was regularly attended by personalities like the then speaker Prof Vasudev Singh, Mahadevi Verma and former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee,” he said.
“Lohia’s thought was in the root of Pt Deen Dayal Upadhyay’s concept of economic decentralisation propounded in the five-day convention of RSS in 1962. It was also the thought of these two great men that there should be a confederation of India-Bangla-Pakistan and Akhand Bharat (undivided India),” said Singh.
Replying to a query regarding entry of Priyanka Gandhi Vadra in active politics, Singh said: “Everyone has right to join politics. She is an intelligent and laborious woman of Indian origin. I wish her all success in life, but my victory wish is with Modi ji,” he added.